The interconnection of religious, social and musical networks: Creating a context for the keyboard music of Peter Philips and its dissemination

David J. Smith*

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The earliest published continental source of the pavan is Dalza's Intabulatura de lauto, which contains five pavane alla venetiana and four pavane alla ferrarese. Exactly when the dance and its music arrived in England is open to debate, but the Emperor Charles V performed the new-fangled dance on his visit to Henry VIII in Windsor in 1522. It was during the last quarter of the sixteenth century that the pavan really came of age as a piece of serious art music for English composers, whether writing for keyboard, lute or consort. A further indication of the pavan's coming of age as a vehicle for artistic enterprise is a network of musical connections that can be traced between different composers' work in the years around 1600. One of the last English composers to exploit the opportunities provided by the pavan for the 'art and profundity' that so appealed to Thomas Mace was Thomas Tomkins.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Subtitle of host publicationA Collection of Essays in Celebration of Peter Philips's 450th Anniversary
EditorsDavid J. Smith, Rachelle Taylor
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315597843
ISBN (Print)9781472411983
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2013

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